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Honduras: Bay Islands and beaches

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Astride the giant coral reef which extends into Belize lie the Bay Islands of Roatán, Utila and Guanaja. Fringed with palm-shaded beaches and lapped by warm, glass-clear Caribbean waters they attract divers, snorkellers and barefoot holiday-makers in large numbers. The islands have a vivid history. Once the base for European pirate attacks on shipping, they were colonised by Carib Indians, former African slaves, and Garifuna communities, creating today’s cultural melting pot to which Honduran Latino immigrants are now adding their influence. It’s a laid-back ambience, beloved of budget travellers and sun-worshippers alike.   On the mainland opposite are a few agreeable resorts: Tela, within reach of glorious beaches, is the most significant.

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Things to do in Bay Islands and beaches

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Our insider tips for Bay Islands and beaches

Lina

Lina Fuller

Learning to dive in Roatán (basic courses to full PADI certificates) the largest and most developed of the islands. Explore waters populated by rays, parrotfish, lobsters and whale sharks.

Rafe Stone

Rafe Stone

Snorkelling off the beautiful beach at West Bay, Roatán: later enjoy a picnic in the presence of an apricot and purple tropical sunset.
Claire Milner

Claire Milner

Discovering the marine reserve at Cayos Cochinos, just 20km from La Ceiba and 17km from the shore. The reef here is protected and pristine, you can dive into caves and explore a sunken plane wreck.
Kathryn

Kathryn Glover

Taking a thrilling white-water rafting trip over the waterfalls and boulders of River Cangrejal, a perfect introduction to the sport for those with no or little experience.

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